Woodchuck Hard Cider
Woodchuck Hard Cider is a brand of hard cider produced by the Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC in Middlebury, Vermont. In 2011 it was the top-selling hard cider in the United States, with approximately 47% of the hard cider market there. On October 23, 2012, Woodchuck Hard Cider was purchased by Irish beverage company C&C Group for $305 million. Woodchuck was originally started at The Joseph Cerniglia Winery, Cavendish, VT, in 1991 by Joe Cerniglia and Barry Blake, along with wine maker Greg Failing.
All Woodchuck ciders are naturally gluten-free because the product is made from apples only, without any grains. The company sells several types of cider under the Woodchuck name, including core flavors, limited releases, and private reserve styles.
- Amber – American Commercial Hard Cider
- Granny Smith – Hard cider with Granny Smith flavoring added
- Pear – Hard cider with pear flavoring added
- Raspberry – Hard cider with raspberry flavoring added
- Hopsation – Hard cider made with cascade hops
- Gumption – combines juice of common eating apples with dry cider apples
Woodchuck has seasonal cider varieties which are released according to time of year:
- Summer – more tart than Amber cider, with blueberry juice added
- Fall – flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and white oak
- Winter – a combination of "Premium French" and "Traditional American Oak"
- Spring - contains notes of maple syrup and brown sugar. In August 2014, Woodchuck's Twitter feed said that this flavor had been discontinued but might return in the future.
- In the fall of 2010, the company started to produce a limited run of pumpkin hard cider each year, which they claim as the world's first pumpkin cider.
- Barrel Select private reserve is hard cider that combines the taste of cider with the taste of Kentucky bourbon.
- Woodchuck Belgian White was introduced in 2012 as a cider that uses Belgian beer yeast.
Woodchuck has promoted "Woodchuck Wednesdays," encouraging consumers to enjoy a Woodchuck on the day. Woodchuck has also dubbed 2 February "Woodchuck Day" in honor of Groundhog Day (since woodchuck is another name for a groundhog).
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